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Policy Update Week of May 16, 2011


  1. SAF Comments on Proposed Forest Service Planning Rule and DEIS

    The Proposed Forest Service Planning Rule was released in the Federal Register on February 14, 2011. SAF established a team of 8 SAF members from multiple SAF state societies to respond on behalf of the National Society. Led by SAF California member, Nicholas Dennis, the team members used the DEIS Sections to assign and analyze 8 different subject categories. The team also utilized the principles stated in 2010 SAF President, Michael Lester's letter to Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, as guidelines to complete SAF's response. The final comment letter was submitted to the U.S. Forest Service before the 90 day public comment period ended on May 16, 2011.

    To read the comments please link to: http://www.eforester.org/documents/comment_forestserviceplanningdeis_May13.pdf

  2. The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Coalition May 9th Briefing

    The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Coalition (CFLR) held our first Hill briefing titled "Landscape-Scale Forest and Watershed Restoration" in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing Room on May 9th. At the briefing, presenters spoke about the benefits of collaboration and how it will affect rural communities and jobs. The presenters also discussed the scale and budgets of potential future projects as well as the types of resources and data that are available necessary for future project implementation

    The overall goal of the Coalition is to "Secure full funding for, and ensure the success of, the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program." The Coalition will work to achieve this goal through building and maintaining a coalition of non-federal CFLR supporters, by engaging in the budget and appropriations process, and by sharing information about authorities and policies that relate to CFLR and are important to the program effectiveness.

In the Administration

  1. The Forest Service Will Host Nine Public Meetings Throughout Colorado and in Washington, DC Regarding the Proposed Roadless Rule

    To learn more about meeting times and locations click here.

  2. Nationwide Aerial Application of Fire Retardant on National Forest System Lands

    The Forest Service has prepared a Nationwide Aerial Application of Fire Retardant on National Forest System lands EIS. Public review and comment will go from May 13-June 27. The Forest Service has planned a variety of public and stakeholder involvement activities correlated with this 45-day comment period in May and June.

    To learn more link to: http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/retardant/eis_info.html

This Week in Congress

  1. The U.S. House of Representatives is in recess until May 23rd.

  2. May 18th - The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests held a hearing to receive testimony on the following bills: S. 220, S. 270, S. 270, S. 271, S. 278, S. 292, S. 322, S. 382, S. 427, S. 526, S. 566, S. 590, S. 607, S. 617, S. 683, S. 684, S. 667, S. 729, S. 766, S. 896, and S. 897.

    To read more about this hearing link to: http://energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Hearing_ID=c208a139-afee-89be-f2a6-16ba8632ab04

  3. May 19th - The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environmental and Related Agencies held a hearing to review the U.S. Forest Service's Budget Request for the fiscal year 2012.

    To read more about this article link to: http://appropriations.senate.gov/news.cfm?method=news.view&id=ab380744-48c8-4a2b-9142-b6c4f11420a2

National News

  1. Saturday May 21st is National Walk In The Woods Day

    To read more about National Walk In The Woods Day click here: http://www.celebrateforests.com/home-page-gallery-item/national-walk-woods-day

  2. Court Declines to Review Logging Pollution Ruling
      Courthouse News Service, Published by Barbara Leonard, May 17th

    The 9th Circuit on Tuesday refused to take another look at its decision to require logging companies to get permits for the mud and sediment that washes off logging roads and into forests and rivers. Last year, a three-judge panel in Portland, Ore., had reversed a federal judge's that said storm runoff is exempt from federal regulations on water pollution. To read more of this article link to: http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/05/17/36637.htm

In the States: Nebraska, California and Wisconsin

  1. Forest Invites Landowners to June Workshop
      The Chadron Record, Published by the Nebraska Forest Service, May 10th

    On Sunday, June 12, a segment of the workshop series "TODAY'S FOREST" will be held at Chadron State Park near Chadron. The free educational event is open to the public with a special invitation to all private forest landowners. The topic is titled "Your Changing Forest" and will be presented by Dr. Skip Smith, a professor of forestry from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. To read more of this article link to: http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/thechadronnews/latest/article_7c5b7358-7b27-11e0-8621-001cc4c002e0.html

  2. Welcome Mat Comes Back Out at Angeles National Forest
      The Los Angeles Times, Published by Louis Sahagun, May 16th

    The U.S. Forest Service on Monday will reopen popular picnic areas, hiking trails and campgrounds across 98,000 acres of the Angeles National Forest that had been closed since the Station fire scorched the San Gabriel Mountains nearly two years ago.

    The reopening could not come soon enough for Tyler Wallace, a 32-year-old engineer and avid hiker, who was forced to seek another adventure Sunday when a forest ranger said Wallace would not be able to climb 6,000-foot Strawberry Peak for 24 more hours. To read more of this article link to: http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-me-angeles-national-forest-20110516,0,7203327.story

  3. Managed Forest Law Recommendations Headed To Legislature
      Ashland Current, May 14th

    Proposed changes to Wisconsin's Managed Forest Law (MFL) are moving to the legislature for consideration and possible enactment based on recommendations from a special committee charged with reviewing and increasing participation in the program.

    The committee, composed of legislators and public members who represent key interests or have relevant expertise, developed the proposal. To read more of this article link to: http://ashlandcurrent.com/article/11/05/14/managed-forest-law-recommendations-headed-legislature

Last Week in Congress

  1. 1.May 11th - The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks Hearing received testimony on the following bills: S. 114, S. 127, S. 140, S. 161, S. 177, S. 247, S. 279, S. 302, S. 323, S. 403, S. 404, S. 508, S. 535, S. 564, S. 599, S. 713, S. 765, S. 779, S. 849, S. 858.

    To read more about this hearing link to: http://energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Hearing_ID=bbb3e157-d975-9c36-5d89-66bd5b9c78d6

  2. May 13th - The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing on "American Energy Initiative: Identifying Roadblocks to Wind and Solar Energy on Public Lands and Waters, Part I - Department of Interior Officials".

    To read more about this hearing link to: http://naturalresources.house.gov/Calendar/EventSingle.aspx?EventID=237886

Wildfire Update

  1. Colorado Researchers: Acidic Cigarette Gas Found in Wildfire Smoke
      The Denver Post, Published by Bruce Finley, May 17th

    Colorado researchers have discovered that an acidic gas found in cigarette smoke also is a component of smoke from wildfires.The discovery was confirmed last fall when a wildfire west of Boulder brought smoke to researchers working nearby in a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration lab.

    They had already measured isocyanic acid in tobacco smoke and highly polluted cities such as Los Angeles. But as thickening smoke from the advancing Fourmile Canyon wildfire - which scorched more than 6,000 acres and destroyed 169 buildings - settled over their lab in south Boulder in September, NOAA and University of Colorado scientists began switching on the spectrometers they had designed to analyze air. To read more of this article link to: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_18076580

  2. Arizona Wildfire Remains at Nearly 31,000 Acres
      KOLD News, Published by Brian White

    Winds in southeastern Arizona are expected to increase Wednesday afternoon as crews battle the Horseshoe Two wildfire. The U.S. Forest Service says they are expecting wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph on the fire line. To read more link to: http://www.kold.com/story/14671659/copy-arizona-wildfire-remains-at-nearly-31000-acres

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